Video: Timor Pony
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Timor pony (Timor pony) is a primitive breed that lives on the island of Timor (Indonesia). This is the smallest pony of the islands of Southeast Asia. According to one version, his ancestors are Indian breeds of horses and ponies, imported to the island by the Portuguese and then the Dutch; according to another version, this pony is one of the descendants of Mongolian and Chinese horses, brought to the island by Korean fishermen several thousand years ago. It is believed that the Timorese pony is closely related to the flores ponies found on the nearby island of Flores.
The Timor pony plays a very important role on the island: it is used under the saddle, in harness, for light field work and for working with livestock. This little pony shows great strength and endurance. He is smart, quite playful and agile, has good health and is distinguished by longevity (according to unofficial data, in Australia, one Timorese pony lived to be 47 years old).
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By nature, the Timorese pony is gentle, calm and flexible. Moreover, it is economical to maintain. Considered one of the best horse riding ponies in the world.
The height at the withers is from 102 to 120 cm. The color is mainly bay, dark bay, black or gray. Some individuals have a light mane and tail. Live weight 140-170 kg.
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Body structure: small head with a straight profile and a convex jaw; short muscular neck; deep chest; short, strong back; pronounced withers; beveled croup; high set tail; the shoulders are often fairly straight; strong legs with small, hard hooves; the mane and tail are thick and lush.
Sixty Timorese ponies were exported to Australia in 1803, where they influenced the development of a new breed, the Australian pony. During World War II, the Dutch and Australian commandos used these ponies as mounts against the Japanese.
In 1997, 25,000 Timorese ponies were registered.
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